The Past is Gone, or Is It?

Living with severe mental health issues such as dissociative identity disorder can leave people floundering in their pasts. This happens because when dissociating, it is exceedingly difficult to tell which is the “now” and what is the past. However, if we are lucky, most people living with DID after working diligently with a therapist will [...]

Boy’s Indoctrinations into Manhood in Society and the Damaging Effects of CPTSD

This article is a continuation of the series about the fight men must go through in dealing with society and mental illness. Almost from day one, boys born into modern society are bombarded with the idea that they are different from females. Not that females are not made to feel odd about themselves, but boys [...]

Living as a Man with CPTSD: My Brother’s Struggles

Although I am a woman and have only an outsider's view of how men suffer when it comes to toxic masculinity, I am going to write a rather personal piece. It’s the story of how my brother Mike is bombarded by society to be someone he is not and what that treatment does to him. [...]

The Many Physical Effects Leftover from Severe Childhood Abuse

I’ve discussed lately some of the emotional effects child abuse and neglect cause adult survivors, but what about our bodies? Now I’m going to answer the question how does childhood trauma impact us physically as adults? First, we’ll explore the long-term physical problems brought on by the harm perpetrated against our bodies, then I’m going [...]

Inflammation and the Brain Changes Observed in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In our previous article, we examined how neuroimaging is giving new insights into changes in the brain caused by trauma. Yes, trauma harms the human brain but how does that work? What could our bodies be doing that causes the types of damage outlined in this article? Today, we shall investigate what is causing the [...]

The Resentment When Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder

I think most of us have felt the sting of resentment. In fact, I would venture to say every human being who has ever, is now, or will ever live will agree, we all have. However, when you are dealing with the horrific truths that come after diagnosis when you realize what happened to cause [...]

Flashbacks; How I’ve Learned to Cope

I have posted the first article in a series that I’m writing for the CPTSD Foundation about flashbacks. Today I thought I’d tell you about my own experiences with these furrows back in time. Everyone Experiences Flashbacks Before I go into detail about my own experiences with flashbacks, let me reassure you that because you [...]

The Help That Never Came

One of the downfalls of getting into the research about dissociative identity disorder is reading things that make you cry. I recently had this experience while reading a paper on how having a caring adult intervene when a child experiences abuse is it can mitigate them from forming a mental health disorder. This includes DID. [...]

End Child Abuse to Stop Many Mental Health Disorders From Forming

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A Recap: Attachment Styles

In the series on attachment styles, we have covered much ground. We’ve learned about the four basic attachment styles, secure, avoidant, anxious and disorganized and how they affect adult lives. We have also covered a few of the mental health issues that can result from poor parenting. This article is the capstone of the series, [...]

Having a Disorganized Attachment Style Negatively Impacts Lives

Our readers may remember, we are doing a series on attachment styles. While no one fits neatly into one category or the other, we all have one that is dominant over the others. Attachment styles form in childhood and impact us the rest of our lives. That does not mean you cannot change how you [...]

Anxious/Ambivalent Attachment Style: An Examination of Its Causes and How It Affects Adult Relationships

As our readers may remember, we are doing a series on attachment styles. However, if you are reading my blog for the first time, I will do a little bit of review of what attachment styles are, and why knowing yours vital to your adult relationships. John Bowlby and Attachment Theory  John Bowlby was a [...]

The Influence and Neuroscience Behind Hypervigilance and It’s Effects on Forming Long-Term Relationships

Hypervigilance has been a painful part of my life since I was able to form an independent thought. If you have never experienced this phenomenon, then you do not understand how hypervigilance negatively affects the lives of those, like me, who know it intimately. In this piece, we shall discover together the definition of hypervigilance, [...]

Our Men are Not Okay: Male Victims of Childhood Trauma

A subject ignored by too many in the “Me Too” movement has been the sexual abuse perpetrated against boys and the after-effects such treatment has on them when they become men. In this article, we will examine the impact of childhood trauma on men. The Problem with Statistics Although the statistics tell us that 1 [...]

The Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is very challenging. It affects every aspect of the lives those who suffer under its symptoms. In this article, we are going to examine together a brief synopsis of CPTSD and how this disorder creates difficulty in forming and maintaining intimate relationships. An Overview of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress [...]